Once again, health care for many is endangered with the funding for community health centers about to run out (“Clock ticking for community health centers,” Feb. 2, The Columbian). Once again, Washington Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell are pursuing a long-term fix for this problem.
We can help by thanking them and asking Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, to join in making sure this funding is appropriated. Once again, it is citizen calls, letters, and visits to those who represent us that can help ensure health care is there when we need it. Not a bad idea to mention protecting our safety net programs like SNAP (formerly food stamps) at the same time, because these programs look to be next on the chopping block, also known as the president’s budget.